Weather Alert

Dallas TV station apologizes for airing Cowboys game instead of tornado coverage

SAN ANTONIO (Texas News Radio) — The Dallas NBC station is apologizing for not breaking into the airing of the Dallas Cowboys game to cover a tornado warning that covered North Dallas, Richardson, Rowlett and other parts of the Dallas area.

In a statement, NBCUniversal-owned KXAS-TV said:

“During Sunday night’s Dallas Cowboys game, we made a mistake by not immediately interrupting the football game with a Tornado Warning.

Although our meteorologists were tracking thunderstorms across the area when the National Weather Service issued a Tornado Warning for Dallas County, we delayed breaking into programming for six minutes.

Our meteorologists were also streaming live weather coverage throughout the evening on our site, NBCDFW.com. We also alerted the football audience to our weather livestream throughout the game.

When it comes to dealing with severe weather, we know that seconds matter. We should have broken into football programming sooner. We apologize and want you to know that we’re doing everything in our power to make sure this does not happen again.

We look forward to regaining your trust, and anyone who we may have disappointed.”

In addition to the lack of coverage, the game was being played in Arlington, just west of the severe weather, and the NBC coverage of the game made no mention of the storms.

The outdoor shots of downtown Dallas during the game also did not depict the dangerous conditions impacting thousands of people while the game was going on.


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